It’s time to party as our local cinema celebrates its 20th birthday at the end of February.
The Regal opened their doors at the current site on 26 February 1997 with a gala premiere of “The Crucible”. It is built on part of the site of the Regal/Odeon Cinema (1937-1986) which was demolished in 1993. The redevelopment of the site by Waitrose supermarket required the provision of a cinema to be built, but it was several years before an operator could be found. In the meantime, for a short period The Kenton Theatre screened films for the town. Then Metro Tartan Distribution became the first operators of the cinema until it was taken over by City Screen (Picturehouse Cinemas chain) in December 2005 and then in 2012 became part of the Cineworld group. The 3-screen cinema screened Jerry Maguire, Mars Attack and Matilda during the opening week.
A special scratch and sniff cinema screening of Matilda will start the festivities at Kids’ Club on Saturday 25 February at 11am. Kids can join Matilda smelling fresh pancakes and fish paste! Tickets are on sale now for just £2.00 and every child will receive a FREE baby popcorn too. The nostalgia continues with ticket prices being turned back to 1997 when they were just £4.75 for adults and £3.25 for concessions. Everyone will be able to enjoy these prices all day on Saturday for standard films.
Birthday celebrations continue on Tuesday 28 February with a membership offer. If you are looking to take out a new membership or are due to renew by 30 May, you’ll receive a complimentary ticket when you purchase a new membership or renew in person at the cinema on that day.
For further information check the website at www.picturehouses.com.